Stonecroft has the oldest Zinfandel vines in New Zealand and we are lucky enough to have the fruit of those vines in store at Regional as a finished wine, made in small volumes each year.
Stonecroft's Zinfandel vines originally came from California and are now pressed into this full bodied, dry, smooth, plummy red in Hawke's Bay. It's a big wine with spicy notes and nuances of cedar and oak, which add structure and flavour interest to the wine.
All grapes were hand picked grapes, fermented in stainless steel with hand plunging twice daily to extract tannins and add weight. The finished wine was matured for 17 months in American oak, 30% new. Only 100 cases were made.
* Zinfandel is popular in California and also grown in Puglia, southern Italy, where it is known as Primitivo, due to being one of the first grapes to ripen each year, hence the name 'Primi'. It originally comes from Croatia where it is known as Crljenak.